Boston Thrash Pioneers WARGASM Prep Album Of Demos

Boston Thrash Pioneers WARGASM Prep Album Of Demos

Legendary Boston metal band WARGASM is commemorating the 25th anniversary of its debut album, "Why Play Around?", by readying an album comprised of its mid-'80s demos for release before the end of this year. The 11 songs that are featured on the album were taken directly from the original cassettes, and the record will include every track from the band's four demos: "Satan Stole My Lunch Money", "Your Dog's Teeth", "Gasm It" and "Spirit In Decay".

"Whoever owns the rights to 'Why Play Around?' will probably never re-release it," says WARGASM bassist/vocalist Bob Mayo. "Half the songs on 'Why Play Around?' are on this demos album, so it's a pretty cool way to celebrate the 25th anniversary."

Now considered a thrash classic, "Why Play Around?" has been out of print for two decades, though original LP, cassette and CD versions of the album sell for hefty prices in the aftermarket.

Mayo continues: "We were amazed that the cassettes still sounded so great. We did have to do a little work on them because remixing them was out of the question. They don't sound perfect, but they sound better now than they did on those original demo tapes."

WARGASM's demos were traded extensively in the '80s metal underground, and one of them, 1986's legendary "Satan Stole My Lunch Money", led to WARGASM's first record deal and the release of "Why Play Around?".

"Working on this record definitely brought me back to those days," says Mayo. "Thrash was just evolving and the tape-trading underground was a really powerful way to get your band heard all over the world. Those times were really special to us and so are these tapes. They're part of the metal underground's history and we're psyched to be able to release them all together this way."

WARGASM released three albums and one EP between 1985 and 1995.

wargasmsatanstole wargasmdogs

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).